The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
Despite its distance from Europe, Euroscepticism can be observed in Australia. What would a 'Brexit' from the EU mean for Australia?
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.
The US's seventh president was a populist the establishment tried to lock out of the White House. Sound familiar?
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
Australian parliaments routinely legislate in respect of socially contentious issues without resorting to plebiscites or referenda.
Australia’s political system would be better off with more ordinary people and fewer career party politicians in the Senate. It would thus be more representative of ordinary Australians, not less.
Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.
Those who do understand the Senate voting system have the potential to wield some influence both in its conduct and in debates about how it might be reformed.
In recent months the opposition has been on the policy front foot, but it's a risky strategy that has had mixed success for both major parties.
Under new leader Barnaby Joyce, the Nationals – the most-successful minor party in Australia’s political history – will pretty much continue to be treated as the Akubra wing of the Liberals.
The principle underlying the ministerial standards is that ministers should uphold the public's trust as they wield a great deal of power deriving from their public office.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
Australia’s inimitability with regard to women’s political equality has barely entered conventional studies of political history.
Only when systems change and cultural adjustments occur will the political class return to governing rather than ruling.
Alfred Deakin and his contemporaries invented the Australian prime ministership. But it was not settled as a platform for national leadership until John Curtin and Ben Chifley's time.
Australians should want the reality of a republic. The rest is but window-dressing.
Governing was not meant to be easy. It never has been either.
Australian scholars have almost universally downplayed evidence for the ‘Ndrangheta’s existence or significance, or avoided the topic altogether.
Tony Abbott failed to read the signs of the times. His rhetoric was Churchillian, emphasising struggle, crisis and emergency.